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Fun Facts About Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon on Late Night Show
Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC

He's quickly become a household name for audiences young and old. Even so, he is seemingly attracting mainly the attention of young adults (median age of 52.7 according to Nielsen), which is in contrast to his late night peers, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and even his predecessor, Jay Leno, who draw on average a median viewer age of 58. Perhaps not dramatically different, but consider that of viewers in the 18-49 age demographic, the "Tonight Show" drew more than three times the audience of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and more than four times that of the "Late Show" with Letterman.

With the exception of being a long-time Conan O'Brien fan, I've never been one to really watch or care for any of the late night shows, until now. I'm 31 years old, I'm part of that young adult demographic (I think), and I'm liking what I'm seeing from Mr. Fallon. He's got that 'I'd like to hang out with this guy on the weekend at a friend's backyard barbeque and drink some beers' cache about him; easy to get along with, knows how to make you laugh, and doesn't take himself too seriously.

Aside from attracting the young crowd, and being so likeable, what other fantastic facts should you know about the recently-minted host of the Tonight Show?

1. Baby Jimmy: was born as James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon on September 19, 1974 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. His family eventually settled in Saugerties, New York the year he was born, which is a town in Upstate New York near the Catskill Mountains.

Bay Ridge and Saugerties

2. Sister Act: Jimmy has an older sister, Gloria Fallon (September 22, 1973) who is a writer and recent contributor to the Tonight Show blog.  The two of them wrote and released a book together in 2003 titled, "I Hate This Place: The Pessimist's Guide to Life" a pessimist's outlook on life but with a comedic twist to tackling many of life's happenings (fortunate and not).  

Jimmy and Sister Gloria

3. What's In a Name: Jimmy was named after his father (James W. Fallon) and his sister, Gloria, was named after their mother (Gloria née Feeley). Perhaps not all that intriguing at first, but what parent now-a-days names their son(s) after the dad and their daughter(s) after the mom? I call it unoriginally original.

Fallon Family

 

4. Stay off the roads:  Jimmy is a self-proclaimed crappy driver citing, "I'm the worst driver in the history of the world." based on a recent interview with vulture.com. He's thankful that the Tonight Show didn't move out to Los Angeles, otherwise it would be total mayhem on the road. He credits his bad driving skills to his parents, who taught him how to drive, who also don't know how to drive, well. His wife does all the driving. This explains his character's role in the movie with Queen Latifah, Taxi.

5. Coolest Girl In the World: Jimmy met his wife, Nancy Juvonen, on the set of Fever Pitch (2005) in which Drew Barrymore and Jimmy co-starred. They've been married  since 2007 and just had a baby girl in 2013 after a long five-year struggle to have a baby. Juvonen happens to be older than Jimmy (by about 8 years) but one could hardly tell based on the buddy-buddy relationship they have with one another. Juvonen was born in Marin County, CA, just north of San Francisco and raised in Connecticut. She's a producer, having produced over 10 films, including hits like Charlie's Angels (2000) and 50 First Dates (2004). 

Jimmy Fallon and Wife Gloria Juvonen
Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

 

6. Geeked-out: Jimmy was initially on course to major in Computer Science at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY). In the final semester of his senior year, needing only 15 more credits to complete the program and get his degree, Jimmy actually decided to switch his major to Communications after he came to the conclusion that A) the coursework and math concepts became too difficult to understand and B) he wanted to pursue a career as a comedian. Jimmy has been quoted saying "I switched to Communications, which is a ridiculous major – let's be honest." 

Don't Ask Him To Code

7. Mayo-phobia: It's white, creamy, and scares the bejeebus out of Jimmy. Mayonnaise. To say that this contentious condiment is disgusting for Jimmy is an understatement. He believes his disdain for mayonnaise comes from an experience as a child and having his head stuck between a fence, at which point his grandparents proceeded to cover his head and ears with the white gloop to try and grease him out of the predicament, in the dead heat of summer nonetheless. Yuck.

Jimmy Hate Mayo

 

Hopefully, the next time you catch Jimmy Fallon on TV or in a movie, you'll feel like you know him just a little better.

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